Classic Non-Album Cuts: Eminem

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One of the best rappers in history is a white dude.

That much is inarguable. If you want to quibble over how many classic LPs he has to his name, be my guest, but only the most stubborn or deaf individuals would claim that Eminem isn’t incredible. When Scarface, another of the all-time greats, was asked if he wanted Eminem to be featured on his songs, he said:

“Hell nah! I’m not fin to go in there fuckin’ with that white boy, man.”

So, for the third installment in my collection of classic non-album tracks from one of my favorite artists, I picked Slim Shady. In effort to get deeper cuts, I not only excluded his eight solo albums, two EPs (The Slim Shady EP and Relapse: Refill), and one mixtape (Straight from the Lab), but also his group projects with D12 and Bad Meets Evil as well as the three big official Shady Records compilations of which he was the lead artist and executive producer – 8 Mile soundtrack, The Re-Up, and Shady XV. After all, no one needs me to point them to “Lose Yourself” or “Detroit vs. Everybody.”

Still, there were hundreds of tracks I could have chosen so the following are just some of my favorites.

Soundtracks

“Bad Guys Always Die” (featuring Dr. Dre) off the Wild Wild West soundtrack (1999)

“Bad Influence” off the End of Days soundtrack (1999)

“Off the Wall” (featuring Redman) off Nutty Professor II: The Klumps soundtrack (2000)

Compilations

“Any Man” off Rawkus Records’ Soundbombing II (1999)

“Get You Mad” off Sway & King Tech’s This or That (1999)

“If I Get Locked Up” (featuring Dr. Dre) off Funkmaster Flex’s and Big Kap’s The Tunnel (1999)

“Watch Deez” (featuring Thirstin Howl III) off DJ Spinna’s Heavy Beats Volume 1 (1999)

“The Sauce” off DJ Green Lantern’s Shady Times: Invasion Part I mixtape (2003)

“Nail in the Coffin” off DJ Green Lantern’s Shady Times: Invasion Part I mixtape (2003)

“Hail Mary” (featuring 50 Cent and Busta Rhymes) off DJ Green Lantern’s Conspiracy Theory: Invasion Part II mixtape (2004)

“Chemical Warfare” off The Alchemist’s Chemical Warfare (2009)

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As Featured Artist

“Green and Gold” off The Anonymous’s Green and Gold (1998)

“What’s the Difference” off Dr. Dre’s 2001 (1999)

“The Last Hit” off The High & Mighty’s Home Field Advantage (1999)

“Dead Wrong” off The Notorious B.I.G.’s Born Again (1999)

“Stir Crazy” off The Madd Rapper’s Tell ‘Em Why U Madd (2000)

“My Name” off Xzibit’s Man vs. Machine (2002)

“Patiently Waiting” off 50 Cent’s Get Rich or Die Tryin’ (2003)

“Shit Hits the Fan” off Obie Trice’s Cheers (2003)

“We All Die One Day” off Obie Trice’s Cheers (2003)

“Warrior, Pt. 2” off Lloyd Banks’s The Hunger for More (2004)

“Gatman and Robbin” off 50 Cent’s The Massacre (2005)

“Asylum” off Slaughterhouse’s Welcome to: Our House (2012)

Randoms and Unreleased

“Renegades” [original] (featuring Royce Da 5′9″)

“I’ll Hurt You” (featuring Busta Rhymes)

“Syllables” (featuring Jay-Z, Dr. Dre, 50 Cent, Stat Quo & Cashis) (2010)

Again, this is just a sampling of the greatness Slim Shady has blessed us with over the years outside of his own albums and compilations.

All entries in the Classic Non-Album Cuts series:

The LOX | Wu-Tang Clan | Eminem | The Notorious B.I.G. | Ice Cube | André 3000 | 2Pac | Dr. Dre | Nas | Jay-Z | Kendrick Lamar | Tha Dogg Pound | Scarface | Canibus


Christopher Pierznik’s eight books are available in paperback and Kindle. His work has appeared on XXL, Cuepoint, Business Insider, The Cauldron, Medium, and many more. Subscribe to his monthly reading review newsletter or follow him on Facebook or Twitter.

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